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STATS-DC 2010 NCES Data Conference

Concurrent Session VII Presentations

Thursday, July 29, 2010

VII–A Title I Allocations
William Sonnenberg, National Center for Education Statistics
    Over $14 billion are allocated to local education agencies under Title I of the No Child Left Behind Act. The presenter will discuss details on the rules and regulations that determine how the allocations are made, details on the multifaceted production process for producing the poverty and population estimates that are a primary determinant of the allocations, and an overview of the processes for the biennial update of school district boundaries.

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VII–B School District Demographics System Map Viewer Update 2010
Tai Phan, National Center for Education Statistics
Michael Lippmann, Blue Raster
    NCES continues to make significant enhancements to its School District Demographics System (SDDS) website. This session will present an overview of the latest features and data enhancements available for the School District Demographics System Interactive Map Viewer. The session will also briefly discuss some of the technology used in constructing the website, including ESRI ArcGIS Server Flex API.
VII–C Longitudinal Analysis of Teacher Retirement Behavior in Arkansas
Bob Costrell and Josh McGee, University of Arkansas
    In this session, the presenters analyze the Arkansas teacher pension plan and empirically gauge the behavioral response to incentives embedded in that plan, as well as to possible reforms. The pattern of pension wealth accrual creates sharp incentives for teachers to work until they become eligible for early or normal retirement, often in their early fifties, and to separate shortly thereafter. The presenters estimate the effect of pension wealth accrual on teacher separation decisions using a new longitudinal dataset of Arkansas teachers, and the presenters  find a significant impact. They then simulate the response to eliminating early retirement and raising the service requirement for normal retirement. They also simulate a shift to a constant accrual retirement plan. The response to both reforms is complex, as some teachers would leave earlier and others stay longer. A constant accrual plan smoothes the pattern of retirement behavior, as individuals tailor decisions to their own preferences instead of those built into the pension formula.

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Research Use of the Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems
Ellen Mandinach, CAN Education
Alan Karr, National Institute of Statistical Sciences
Chrys Dougherty, National Center for Educational Achievement
Deborah Jonas, Virginia Department of Education
Nancy Smith, National Center for Education Statistics liason

    This session will present the findings from an NCES-sponsored working group on the use of data in statewide longitudinal data systems (SLDS) for research purposes. The group examined four issues: access to the data, privacy and confidentiality, the integration of multiple databases, and resources and incentives that can facilitate appropriate use of the data for research purposes. The session will engage the audience in a discussion of the draft white paper and its recommendations for leveraging expert researchers’ access to and increased use of the data to support state and local education goals.

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VII–E Electronic Student Record and Transcript Exchange Project
Jim Addy, Iowa Department of Education
Russell Buyse, Edustructures
    Increasingly, state education agencies (SEAs) need to provide student record and transcript exchange not just for their state PK–20 institutions but also with peer agencies (such as juvenile justice, workforce, etc.), other SEAs (for student mobility purposes), and higher education (both in state and out of state). Using the Iowa Transcript Center (powered by the National Transcript Center) and its transcript archive, Iowa is pioneering an efficient, cost-effective, cloud-based architecture for meeting these needs and also ensuring broad-based adoption and utilization. Attend this presentation to learn how the state is building and deploying this solution and to explore how you can apply its “lessons-learned” to the needs of your constituents.
VII–F Submission Edits in the EDEN Submission System (ESS)
Pam Hinman, U.S. Department of Education
    This session will address EDEN Submission System (ESS) submission edits: what they are, how they are different from format and validation edits and from warnings, what files they exist for, and where we are going in the short and long term with ESS edits. The presenters will also answer audience questions about edits and data quality issues. 

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VII–G I Saved Money, and You Can Too!
Richard Nadeau, Horry County Schools (South Carolina)
Cindy Helmers, Bloomington School District 87 (Illinois)
James Yap, Ramapo Central School District (New York)
Jim Campbell, SIF Association
    This panel discussion will look at the very real ways in which data interoperability and standardization have resulted in a cost reduction and/or reallocation of resources at the local education agency level. In these times of economic shortfalls, can standardization and seamless interoperability really cut costs and increase effectiveness? This session will answer that question.

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VII–H Adopting the Common Data Standards—The Road to Interoperability
John Blegen, State Higher Education Executive Officers
Alex Jackl, Council of Chief State School Officers
    The Common Data Standards (CDS) Initiative is a national, collaborative effort to develop a model of voluntary, common data standards eventually for P–20 and beyond. Participants in the initiative include representatives from states, districts, higher education organizations, and key non-profit organizations. The first release of these standards is expected in September of this year. This session will discuss the potential impact of these standards on improved technical interoperability. Focus will be on what it means to adopt the standards from the perspective of multiple stakeholders, what the practical steps are toward adoption, and what return on investment the various participants can expect.

Linking and Learning:  Shedding Light on Early Childhood and Postsecondary Data Systems
Elizabeth Laird, Data Quality Campaign
Hans L’Orange, State Higher Education Executive Officers

    With growing demand for better information to inform decision making at all levels of education, it is crucial to understand the current capabilities of data systems across the education pipeline, from early childhood through postsecondary and the workforce. In this presentation, the Data Quality Campaign will share a framework for a coordinated early care and education data system, including information about a forthcoming survey of early childhood data systems, administered in partnership with six other national organizations. The State Higher Education Executive Officers will discuss results from the 2009 study on state postsecondary student unit record (SUR) data systems, funded by the National Center for Education Statistics. Attendees will gain a better understanding of states’ progress towards building, linking, and using robust P–20/W data systems to improve individual student outcomes and systems performance.

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